Is Bike Share in the Future for the Pioneer Valley?

[caption id="attachment_22612" align="alignleft" width="300"] Is a system like Boston's Hubway bike share in the future for the Pioneer Valley? Photo: MassBike[/caption]

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) is currently working to determine the feasibility and interest in a bike share program for the Pioneer Valley. As part of this process, they have launched a new online survey to help gauge demand for such a program in the region.

Bike share systems, like Boston's Hubway, allow riders to check bikes out from self-service kiosks and use them for short, "point A to point B" trips. When implemented successfully, bike share systems can compliment existing transit systems to give people greater car-free mobility, and boost the number of bike trips in a particular city or region.

According to their website, PVPC is working with the communities of Holyoke, Springfield, Amherst, and Northampton, as well as the colleges UMASS Amherst, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, Mt. Holyoke College, Hampshire College, Amherst College, and Smith College to complete a feasibility study for establishing a pilot-scale Regional Bike Share program.

If you are a resident of the Pioneer Valley resident, or know somebody who is, we encourage you to take 2 minutes to fill out the survey.

Click here to fill out the survey in English.

Click here to fill out the survey in Spanish.

MassBike Welcomes Barbara Jacobson as Program Manager

MassBike is very pleased to welcome our newest staff member, Barbara Jacobson, as Program Manager. Barbara will be overseeing and implementing our work bringing bicycle education and training to youth and adults across Massachusetts through the Mass in Motion, Safe Routes to School, and REACH programs.

Barbara is currently earning her Masters in City Planning as a part-time student at Boston University. Says Barbara, "I am passionate about connecting bicycling with public health and bring my academic research to the realm of bicycling advocacy. My favorite part about bicycling is discovering new routes, public art, open spaces and local restaurants."

Welcome aboard, Barbara!

Weekly Meetings & Events Roundup

Here is your weekly roundup of meetings and events happening around Massachusetts.

Monday, June 9

Event: Somerville, 18th Annual Redbones Bike Party
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Redbones BBQ, Chester Street, Somerville, MA
Description: This is Redbones' annual celebration of biking, brews, and BBQ! Entry: $15.00 includes food & drink + a raffle ticket & bicycle valet parking. Additional raffle tickets: 1 @ $2.00 & 3 for $5.00 Party proceeds go to MassBike & NEMBA.


Event: Newton, BikeNewton Weekly Ride
Time: 5:45 PM
Location: Newton Main Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton Centre, MA
Description: Mondays at 6pm BikeNewton leads a group Bike Ride starting and ending at the Newton Main Library at 330 Homer Street Newton Center. Arrive at 5:45. These are family-friendly "No Rider Left Behind" rides; Anyone may ride as long as their bikes are in good working order, and they are confident they can handle a leisurely 7 to 10 mile ride. Children must be with an adult, all riders must wear helmets, and adhere to safety rules of the road. Read More.


Public Meeting: Hadley, Roadway & Intersection Improvements at Route 9 & Route 47
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Hadley Senior Center at Hooker School, 46 Middle Street, Hadley, MA
Description: This is a MassDOT hosted meeting. According to MassDOT, "The proposed project consists of minor roadway widening to provide four travel lanes and include bicycle accommodations consisting of usable 5-foot shoulders on either side of the road, in accordance with applicable design guides. Additional construction improvements include: ADA/AAB compliant sidewalks and wheelchair ramps; new granite curbs; installation of a new water line; installation of new traffic signal equipment including accessible pedestrian signal push buttons; roadway resurfacing; new signs; and new pavement markings." Read More.


Tuesday, June 10

MassBike Volunteer Night
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: MassBike Office, 171 Milk Street Suite 33, Boston, MA
Description: Do you enjoy hanging out with fellow cyclists, conducting sparkling conversation, and eating pizza with a refreshing Harpoon beer or soda? Then you won’t want to miss Volunteer Night on the second Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 - 8pm. It’s a chance to have some fun and help MassBike with a few easy administrative tasks. The more help we get from volunteers, the more time MassBike staff can spend making bicycling better. Just let us know you’re coming so we know how much pizza to order! RSVP to volunteer@massbike.org or call us at 617-542-2453. Our office is located at 171 Milk Street, Third Floor, in Boston’s Financial District. The closest T Stations are Aquarium (Blue Line) and State Street (Blue & Orange Lines).


Wednesday, June 11

Public Meeting: Cambridge City Council Transportation Committee Meeting on Grand Junction Path
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Cambridge City Hall, Sullivan Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
Description: Cambridge City Councillor Dennis Carlone has scheduled a meeting of the city council's Transportation and Public Utilities Committee on Wednesday, June 11, to explore the way forward for a shared-use, rail-with-trail path along the city's Grand Junction corridor. This meeting will feature participation from the city's Community Development Department, the Friends of the Grand Junction Path, and other community stakeholders and biking advocates. There will also be some discussion about the concept of creating an east-west, shared-use path to connect Danehy Park to the future Grand Junction path. Members of the public are encouraged to RSVP for this meeting. Everyone is also welcome to offer testimony during public comment.


Public Meeting: Cambridge Bicycle Committee
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Community Development Dept., 344 Broadway, 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA
Description: This is a monthly recurring meeting open to attendance by the public. The Cambridge Bicycle Committee, established by City Council in 1991, works to improve conditions for bicyclists in the City of Cambridge and promote bicycling as a means of transportation. The committee is made up of community members who take an active interest in bicycling issues in Cambridge, as well as City staff from the Community Development Department, the Department of Traffic, Parking, and Transportation, the Police Department, and the Department of Public Works.


Thursday, June 12

Public Meeting: Cambridge, Bicycle Network Open House
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Cambridge Main Library, Community Room, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Description. This City of Cambridge hosts an open house for its Bicycle Network Plan. According to the city, "Here is your chance to say what you would like the future to look like. What would make this the most bicycle friendly city on the planet? What are the ways, small or large, short-term or long-term, that would make a difference for you? Come also for the camaraderie and your chance to win prizes! (Plus, there’s free snacks – what more could you want?) The Cambridge Bicycle Network Plan is underway and we are looking for input from everyone who bikes or would like to bike in the city – whether they are eight years old or 80 years old. There are many ways to share your ideas: please go to our Bikes in Cambridge page for all the information."


Friday, June 13

Event: Boston, Boston Bike Party
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Copley Square, Boston, MA
Description: Monthly social ride through the streets of Boston and neighboring cities. This month's theme is "Bike Prom". Visit the Facebook event page and website for more details.


Sunday, June 15

Event: Newton, Tour de Newton
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Multiple locations, Newton, MA
Description: The annual Tour de Newton is a great event for kids, adults, and casual bicyclists. The ride starts simultaneously in all 13 villages. You’ll be riding with your village neighbors and have a trained leader/sweep to guide you. The 20 mile, 13 village fun ride stops at each of Newton’s villages, where you’ll be welcomed with refreshments, a village badge, and an overview of the village by the locals. Ride the whole 20 mile loop, or just a few villages, whichever you like. It’s a great fun way to see and learn about the whole city. Tour de Newton has a modest fee this year to cover expenses (but the t-shirts and buttons are free for participants!) Adults can register for $10, children for $5, or families (up to 7 people) for $25. More info here. Register here.


Looking for meetings and events happening next week or beyond? Check out our Event Calendar.

Have a public meeting or free event you'd like us to list? Email us at bikeinfo@massbike.org and we may be able to include it in our calendar.

Weekly Meetings & Events Roundup

Here is your weekly roundup of meetings and events happening around Massachusetts.

Monday, June 2

Event: Newton, BikeNewton Weekly Ride
Time: 5:45 PM
Location: Newton Main Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton Centre, MA
Description: Mondays at 6pm BikeNewton leads a group Bike Ride starting and ending at the Newton Main Library at 330 Homer Street Newton Center. Arrive at 5:45. These are family-friendly "No Rider Left Behind" rides; Anyone may ride as long as their bikes are in good working order, and they are confident they can handle a leisurely 7 to 10 mile ride. Children must be with an adult, all riders must wear helmets, and adhere to safety rules of the road. Read More.


Tuesday, June 3

Public Meeting: Somerville, Beacon Street Reconstruction Project 75% Design
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: John F. Kennedy Elementary School, 5 Cherry Street, Somerville, MA
Description: MassDOT will host this public meeting to discuss 75% design plans for the planned reconstruction of Beacon Street. Plans call for grade-separated cycle tracks in both directions along portions of the street, standard bike lanes along other portions, and streetscape improvements throughout the corridor.


Public process for this project is nearing an end, and this may be the final public meeting. Therefore, it is more important than ever for Somerville residents to attend the meeting and speak in favor of the cycle track concept. View the 75% design presented at the public meeting on May 13 here, and view the project website here. Read more.


Public Meeting: Taunton, County Street (Route 140) Reconstruction Project
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: MassDOT District 5, Training Room, 1000 County Street, Taunton, MA
Description: This is a MassDOT hosted meeting. According to MassDOT, "The proposed project consists of widening Route 140 to two 12’ foot lanes with a 4’ outside shoulder in each direction at the railroad crossing, resurfacing of the Route 140 roadway from Mozzone Boulevard to the Route 24 SB ramp signals, providing drainage improvements, improving the Route 140 alignment to eliminate the existing centerline “S” curve and improving the geometry of the existing Route 24 Southbound On-ramp deceleration lane through widening and increased taper length. It is anticipated that the proposed work will improve the Level of Service, decrease traffic congestion and provide pedestrian and bicycle access along the southwesterly side of Route 140." Read more.


Meeting: Milford, Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail Monthly Meeting
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Milford Senior Center, North Bow Street, Milford, MA
Description: The Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail invite hosts it's monthly meeting. Agenda for the meeting: Phase 3 Missing Link Updates, Maintenance / Enhancement Project Updates, Learn what we are all about and please consider volunteering. All meetings are open to the public. Read more.


Public Meeting: Worcester, Blackstone River Bikeway Segment 7
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Central Mass Regional Planning Commission, Worcester Union Station, 2 Washington Square, Worcester, MA
Description: This is a MassDOT hosted meeting. According to MassDOT, "The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Blackstone River Bikeway (Segment 7) including Bridge Rehabilitation W-44-041, McGrath Blvd. over Madison Street project. The Segment 7 of the Blackstone River Bikeway (BRBW) is a 10-foot bikeway between Brosnihan Square and Union Station at Washington Square and is located primarily along city streets. Bicycle accommodations consisting of a bicycle lane have been provided in accordance with applicable design guides." Read more.


Wednesday, June 4

Event: Moving Massachusetts Forward Gubernatorial Debate
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Description: The election of the next governor of Massachusetts is a huge opportunity to improve cities and communities across the state. Hear from the future governor of Massachusetts and let all the candidates know you care about transportation & smart growth. The forum is sponsored by Transportation for Massachusetts and Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, and coordinated by LivableStreets Alliance with Kendall Square Association. Moderators Paul McMorrow, Associate Editor at Commonwealth Magazine, and Doug Foy, CEO of Serrafix, will keep the forum dynamic, lively, and informative. RSVP here.


Thursday, June 5

Event: Florence, Dinner & Bikes
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: VFW Hall, 18 Meadow Street, Florence, MA
Description. Please join us for a traveling road show of vegan food and bicycle inspiration. Joshua Ploeg will delight with a vegan and gluten free buffet dinner, Elly Blue will present about Bikenomics and the economic case for bicycling, and Joe Biel will show a program of short films about bicycle activism. The event is followed with a book signing and time for questions, discussion of local issues, and perusing the traveling bookstore. Presented by MassBike Pioneer Valley Chapter, Northampton Cycling Club, The People's Pint, & Speed & Sprocket Cycle Works. Admission cost, including dinner: $10 pre-registration, or $15 at the door. Register here.


Saturday, June 7

Volunteer Opportunity: Bike Valet at Cambridge RiverFest
Time: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: Central Square, Cambridge, MA
Description: MassBike will be providing Bike Valet parking at Cambridge RiverFest. We will have two separate Bike Valet locations, with an early shift and late shift available at each. Site 1 will be located at Lafayette Plaza at the corner of Columbia Street and Main Street. Site 2 will be located at Barron Plaza at the southeast corner of Mass Ave and Prospect Street. During your shift, you’ll have the chance to take a break and check out the Cambridge River Fest music, vendors, food, and festivities. No previous Bike Valet experience necessary – we will train you. As a special thank you, volunteers will receive a Hub Bicycle saddle bag. Read more and sign up here.


Looking for meetings and events happening next week or beyond? Check out our Event Calendar.

Have a public meeting or free event you'd like us to list? Email us at bikeinfo@massbike.org and we may be able to include it in our calendar.

A Big Congrats to Lexington for Achieving Bronze-Level Bike Friendly Status!

[caption id="attachment_22572" align="alignnone" width="800"] Lexington's innovative parklet. Photo: Boston.com[/caption]

Last week, the League of American Bicyclists released their list of Bicycle Friendly Communities for 2014, and named Lexington as Bronze Level winner. Lexington joins Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Newton, Northampton, and Somerville as a Massachusetts Bicycle Friendly Communities, and brings the commonwealth's total to seven.

According to Lexington Patch:
The application process was coordinated by Bicycle Advisory Committee chair Peggy Enders, who worked with Town staff and bicycle advocates over the winter to assemble the data needed as part of the comprehensive assessment process required of applicants.

“The application process was essentially an exercise in benchmarking Lexington’s accomplishments in becoming a more bike friendly community,” Enders said. “There are a number of areas where the town has accomplished a great deal and other areas where there is room for improvement. It would be wonderful to receive a higher level designation in the future; the bronze level award is a great start that demonstrates Lexington’s growing commitment to bicycles and those who ride them.”

The League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Community award recognizes cities and towns that have taken steps to improve conditions for bicycle transportation, and incentivizes communities to continue improving through technical assistance.

Congratulations, Lexington!

ACTION ALERT: Tell USDOT To Measure Up And Set Goals To Reduce Bicyclist And Pedestrian Fatalities

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5,000 bicyclists and pedestrians die on our roads in the U.S. every year.

That represents a full 16% of all roadway fatalities. These deaths are preventable through better design, policies, and implementation. So what is the United States Department of Transportation planning to do to address this issue? Effectively, nothing.

Within its recently-released proposed safety measures, USDOT does not establish any goals, accountability, nor any attempt to reduce fatalities for people who bike and walk for transportation.

According to analysis of the proposed safety measures by the League of American Bicyclists:
The overall safety performance measure lacks vision, accountability, and urgency. There is NO actual target set for reducing the number of people killed on our roads. States are asked to make "significant progress" towards two of four proposed measures, with a margin of error that could see fatality and injury numbers actually increase.

Cities like New York and San Francisco have set aggressive "Vision Zero" goals to reduce pedestrian and bicycle fatalities. Here in Massachusetts, MassBike recently announced a partnership with MassDOT and DPH on a new program to increase bicyclist and pedestrian safety.

Please take just two minutes to let USDOT know that we must have a national goal to reduce biking and walking fatalities by creating a specific non-motorized safety performance measure. Here are two easy options:

Option 1: Utilize the League of American Bicyclists' Action Center automated form to submit your comments. Click here to get started.

Option 2: You can submit your comments directly to Regulations.gov by clicking here, then clicking on the blue "Comment Here" button atop the right sidebar and following the prompts. In the comment section, copy and paste this message, or modify it if you prefer:
I am writing to endorse the comments submitted to Docket # FHWA-2013-0020 by the League of American Bicyclists.

I believe there should be a specific non-motorized safety performance measure - such a measure is technically feasible and timely given the increasing share of traffic fatalities represented by bicyclists and pedestrians. FHWA's leadership in establishing such a measure will enable states to collect and analyze critical transportation data that has been needed for decades.

Further, I share the League's view that the proposed performance measure lacks vision, accountability and urgency. State Departments of Transportation should be held accountable as active partners with the Federal Highway Administration in dramatically reducing the death toll on our nation's roads.

Thank you for taking action. After you submit your comments, please let us know by emailing action@massbike.org.

Volunteer Opportunities: Help Out With Bike Valet at Cambridge River Fest and Redbones Bike Party

We are now entering high season for Bike Valet! Have you always wanted to try your hand at Bike Valet? We have a slew of exciting volunteer opportunities in the coming weeks, and we would love for you to join us.

Bike Valet is volunteer powered. As a volunteer, you will help raise the status of bicycling by providing a service that treats people who ride bikes like the VIPs we all are, and you will support MassBike's mission to make bicycling better and safer throughout Massachusetts.

Here are our upcoming opportunities:

  • Saturday, June 7: Cambridge River Fest, Central Square. MassBike will be providing Bike Valet parking at Cambridge River Fest. We will have two separate Bike Valet locations, with an early shift and late shift available at each. During your shift, you'll have the chance to take a break and check out the Cambridge River Fest music, vendors, food, and festivities. No previous Bike Valet experience necessary - we will train you. As a special thank you, volunteers will receive a Hub Bicycle saddle bag. Here are the shifts: 




    • 9 AM - 2 PM: Lafayette Square (Site 1 - Shift 1). As a volunteer for 1st shift at Site 1, you will help setting up Bike Valet between 9 AM - 11 AM, then help with parking bikes and returning bikes at Bike Valet from 11 AM - 2 PM. Site 1 will be located at Lafayette Plaza at the corner of Columbia Street and Main Street. Sign up on Meetup.com or email me to reserve your spot.





    • 9 AM - 2 PM: Barron Plaza (Site 2 - Shift 1). As a volunteer for 1st shift at Site 2, you will help setting up Bike Valet between 9 AM - 11 AM, then help with parking bikes and returning bikes at Bike Valet from 11 AM - 2 PM. Site 2 will be located at Barron Plaza at the southeast corner of Mass Ave and Prospect Street. Sign up on Meetup.com or email me to reserve your spot.





    • 2 PM - 7 PM: Lafayette Square (Site 1 - Shift 2). As a volunteer for 2nd shift at Site 1, you will help with parking bikes and returning bikes at Bike Valet from 2 PM - 6 PM, then help breakdown Bike Valet between 6 PM - 7 PM. Site 1 will be located at Lafayette Plaza at the corner of Columbia Street and Main Street. Sign up on Meetup.com or email me to reserve your spot.





    • 2 PM - 7 PM: Barron Plaza (Site 2 - Shift 2). As a volunteer for 2nd shift at Site 2, you will help with parking bikes and returning bikes at Bike Valet from 2 PM - 6 PM, then help breakdown Bike Valet between 6 PM - 7 PM. Site 2 will be located at Barron Plaza at the southeast corner of Mass Ave and Prospect Street. Sign up on Meetup.com or email me to reserve your spot.




  • Monday, June 9, 4:30 PM - 9 PM: Redbones 18th Annual Bike Party. This is Redbones' annual celebration of biking, brews, and BBQ. As a special thank you, volunteers will get one meal ticket, one drink ticket, and one raffle ticket! As a volunteer, you will help setting up Bike Valet between 4:30 PM - 5 PM, then help with parking bikes and returning bikes at Bike Valet from 5 PM - 9 PM. After Bike Valet closes at 9 PM, volunteers will help breaking down Bike Valet and loading out supplies. This should take 10 - 20 minutes, maximum.


During your shift, you'll have multiple opportunities to take breaks and enjoy the Redbones Bike Party festivities, including delicious barbecue, craft brews, and good company. No previous Bike Valet experience necessary - we will train you.


Sign up on Meetup.com or email me to reserve your spot.


Can you help out with any of these shifts? Please signup on our Meetup.com page or email me directly and tell me which shift you'd like to sign up for.

Volunteers make up a huge part of our success, so we want to make volunteering with us even better. Anyone who volunteers ten hours of their time will automatically earn a MassBike membership.

We hope you will join us.

Weekly Meetings & Events Roundup

From all of us at MassBike, we hope you had a safe, fun, and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend! Here is your weekly roundup of meetings and events happening around Massachusetts.

Tuesday, May 27

Public Meeting: West Bridgewater, Hockomock River Bridge Replacement Project
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: The Howard School Cafeteria, 70 Howard Street, West Bridgewater, MA
Description: MassDOT will host this meeting. According to MassDOT, "The purpose of this project is to replace the existing bridge structure on Route 106 (West Center Street) spanning the Hockomock River to address the structural deficiencies present and provide accommodations for bicycles and pedestrians within the project limits. Bicycle accommodations will be provided by useable shoulders in accordance with applicable design guides." Read more.


Construction Alert: East Arlington, Massachusetts Ave
Time: All day
Location: Cambridge city line to Pond Lane, Arlington, MA
Description: According to the Town of Arlington: "MassDOT's East Arlington Mass. Ave. Rebuild is starting. Expect to see construction signs and pre-construction activity to begin along the route starting the week of May 27th, with construction beginning later in June. The primary goal of the project is to upgrade the aging infrastructure and improve safety for all users. This will include resurfacing the road, rebuilding sidewalks, replacing outdated traffic signals, adding crosswalks and bump-outs for pedestrians, and bike lanes for bike riders. The project is expected to take two construction seasons." Read more here on the Town of Arlington's website.


Wednesday, May 28

Public Forum: Boston, "State of the Green Line"
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Description: Transit riders and bicyclists often share common concerns. This forum, hosted by State Senator William Brownsberger, will address rider concerns about service and capacity issues. MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott will attend, accompanied by a panel of MBTA personnel to answer questions and hear concerns from riders. This is an opportunity to speak up for bicycle access on the Green Line, the only MBTA line that does not allow bikes on board at any time.  With the MBTA committed to spending $118 million on new Green Line cars, set to hit the tracks by 2017, now is the time to speak up. If you have any questions, contact Andrew Bettinelli, Legislative Aide to Sen. Brownsberger: andrew.bettinelli@masenate.gov or (617) 722-1280.


Event: MassCommute Bicycle Challenge Bike Bash
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Flat Top Johnnies, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA
Description: The Bike Bash is the event wrap up party which celebrates the conclusion of the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge! All Challenge participants are invited to join in on the celebration. The Bash is an opportunity to acknowledge and award winning teams and all riders! There will also be a raffle with over $3,000 in prizes. Read more.


Event: 5th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, MA
Description: There’s plenty of wild adventure at the 5th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival. The Festival, a benefit for MassBike, presents 10 short films featuring two-wheeled travels around the globe – and this year’s journeys are the most exotic yet. From lava-fields in Iceland to abandoned wilderness roads in Kyrgystan, 2014 takes viewers further than ever before. One of the filmmakers, Charles R. Scott (the “Family Adventure Guy”), circumnavigated Iceland with his 10 year old son and 4 year old daughter. Charles will be present at the event for an informal Q&A during intermission.
In addition to the films, a festive atmosphere is on tap at this most-anticipated Bike Month event. A social hour begins at 6 PM and features a Cookie Showcase highlighting the delicious offering of local bakeries. Also included is the “Great Jersey Giveaway” raffle, which will outfit winning guests with bike clothing for their next adventure. One lucky attendee will win a free Ciclismo Classico bicycle vacation valued at over $3,500. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Order tickets here.


Thursday, May 29

Public Meeting: Dorchester, Mt. Vernon Street Redesign
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Corcoran Mullens Jennison Community Building, 270 Mount Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA
Description. This BRA-hosted meeting will focus on roadway layout, open space, and wayfinding. Plans for this street redesign may include physically separated cycle tracks. MassBike encourages area residents to attend the meeting and speak favorably about the idea of including cycle tracks in the final design. For more information, contact John.Read@Boston.gov / 618-918-4262.


Public Meeting: Southampton, Sidewalk Construction on Routes 5, 9 & 10
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Norris Elementary School, 34 Pomeroy Meadow Road, Southampton, MA
Description. This is a MassDOT hosted meeting. According to MassDOT, "The purpose of this meeting is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Amherst- Hadley- Northampton-Southampton- West Brookfield- Sidewalk & Wheelchair Ramp Construction on Routes 5, 9, & 10 project. The proposed project consists of sidewalks, ramps, crosswalks and associated safety signalization and signs to provide an accessible and ADA/AAB code-compliant passage for pedestrians. The proposed improvements will provide a safer environment for motorists and pedestrians during anticipated traffic conditions." Read more.


Looking for meetings and events happening next week or beyond? Check out our Event Calendar.

Have a public meeting or free event you'd like us to list? Email us at bikeinfo@massbike.org and we may be able to include it in our calendar.

Take a Virtual Ride Along the Somerville Community Path Extension

After years of championing, Boston-area biking and walking advocates scored a huge victory in April when MassDOT, the MBTA, and the City of Somerville announced that funding for the extension of the Somerville Community Path would included as part of the Green Line Extension Project. MassBike has been actively campaigning for the Community Path to be extended since the beginning of planning for the Green Line Extension project.

The biking and walking advocacy community recognizes that this path will be a game-changer. Once this 1.9 mile section of path is complete and linked with planned bridges across the Charles River, it will create a family-friendly active transportation corridor stretching all the way from Bedford to downtown Boston.

To add to the excitement, MassDOT just released a video of a virtual ride along the proposed path extension. The video starts in the vicinity of the relocated Lechmere Station, then heads northwest along a series of bridges and underpasses through the new Green Line extension, eventually meeting the current terminus of the Community Path at Lowell Street in Somerville.

Take a look:



MassDOT has already begun the community engagement process, hosting a public meeting on May 14. Stay tuned to MassBike's blog and Twitter and Facebook accounts for info on future public meetings about this project, as well as updates about the project when they become available.http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZcU03_W9z1Q

A Recap of Bay State Bike Week in 16 Awesome Photos!

[caption id="attachment_22481" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Brookline Bike Parade at Amory Park. Photo: Sarah Snider[/caption]

Last week was Bay State Bike Week, the annual celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation in Massachusetts. Individuals, community groups, companies, and local governments organized all kinds of events ranging from bike safety rodeos for kids to group rides to bike trivia nights. This year, there were 119 registered events, and over 12,000 event participants statewide.

Here is just a sampling of photos from all the amazing events that took place last week. A big thank you to all of the event organizers who sent us photos!

Let's start things off with Bike Friday, the City of Boston's monthly bike festival on City Hall Plaza:



In Worcester, WalkBike Worcester, Mass in MotionMA Dept. of Environmental Protection, and Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission hosted the Bike Commuter Breakfast on Worcester Common:

In Andover, Merrimack Valley Transportation Management Association and Junction Transportation Management Organization sponsored Andover Parklet Day, and City Manager Buzz Stapczynski stopped by on his bike commute to work!



This year “Team Ellenzweig”, of Ellenzweig Architecture & Planning, grew to eight people, and have already logged over 300 miles in the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge! Way to go!



On Tuesday, MassBike showed some love to afternoon commuters in Cambridge. We setup an "Air & Oil" station at the foot of the Mass Ave. bridge near MIT for commuters heading home from Boston into Cambridge:



Northampton hosted its annual Commuter Breakfast, and Mayor David Narkewicz showed up to speak!



On Thursday, MassBike set up a Commuter Breakfast on the Southwest Corridor in Boston. For those who stopped by, we had some doughnuts and delicious cold brew coffee, generously donated by Render Coffee. We gave out all sorts of Bay State Bike Week goodies like t-shirts, bells, and ankle reflectors. We also cheered on the hundreds of people riding their bikes to work who passed by our station.



@RevEverett tweeted on Friday about the donated food and coffee they'd be providing at Blessing of the Bikes on Sunday:





Harvard University hosted their Bike Breakfast, complete with on site bike tune-ups:



And in Greenfield, Franklin Regional Council of Governments hosted their Bike Breakfast at the John Olver Transit Center:



Meanwhile in Brockton, bike commuters were treated to breakfast and Bay State Bike Week goodies at Brockton Bike to Work Day, hosted by Old Colony Planning Council.



Springfield had a multitude of events throughout the week, hosted by MassBike and our partners Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and LiveWell Springfield. Here is the happy recipient of a brand new bike helmet!



Capping off the week on Sunday, the annual Brookline Bike Parade rolled down Beacon Street, with festivities afterwards at Amory Park.




Have more Bay State Bike Week photos you'd like to share? Email us at bikeinfo@massbike.org and we may add your photos to the post!


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